From a press release:
Fred Chappell speaks at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, June 7
You don’t want to miss the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s Writers at Wolfe event June 7th, 2014 at 2pm featuring acclaimed poet and novelist Fred Chappell. Born in Canton, North Carolina in 1936, Chappell’s grandparents owned a brick home on a hundred acre farm about twenty miles west of Asheville, both his parents worked as school teachers. Fred Chappell attended Duke University and taught for forty years at UNC Greensboro, where he helped establish the M.F.A. Writing Program, the third oldest in the U.S. and one of the top in the nation until his retirement in 2004.
Chappell is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, novels and short story collections illustrating his pride in his family and his country upbringing in a community with a rich storytelling tradition. His poetry and prose highlights Southern experiences and particularly the beauty of his native North Carolina. Chappell’s latest books are Shadow Box, a collection of poetry, and Ancestors and Others, a volume of new and previously published short stories. His work has been translated into many languages. Chappell has received numerous awards for his work. He served as North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1997 until 2002. In 2010 he received the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, North Carolina’s most prestigious public humanities honor.
For more information contact the Thomas Wolfe Memorial (828) 253-8304 or visit our website at www.wolfememorial.com